Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers published by Focal Press and written by Tom Dowd, Michael Niederman, Michael Fry, and Josef Steiff gives you tools to weave a narrative universe across multiple platforms and meet today's audience demand for its favorite creative property. This Softcover book has up-to-date examples of current transmedia and cross-media properties that accompany each chapter and highlight this enduring topic in modern media.
Tom Dowd is a 25-year veteran of paper and video game design and world building. He is the co-creator of the celebrated Shadowrun role-playing game which spawned a series of cross-media computer games, novels, board games, and comic books. He is a working game designer and currently teaches game development and transmedia at Columbia College Chicago.
Michael Fry is an Emmy-nominated writer/producer who has worked for NBC on The Cosby Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as for the WB's The Parent Hood. He is currently an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches writing for television, the internet, mobile television, and transmedia property development.
Michael Niederman is an award-winning film and video maker and the chair of the Television Department of Columbia College Chicago. His projects include the dramatic film The Paled Man and the documentary Voices from Northern Ireland. He teaches writing, directing, and transmedia and gives lectures on television, and emerging narrative forms.
Josef Steiff is a writer and independent filmmaker and a Film & Video Senior Associate Chair and professor at Columbia College Chicago, teaching Screenwriting and Transmedia Development. Joe has edited volumes on anime, manga, Battlestar Galactica, and Sherlock Holmes for Open Court's Popular Culture and Philosophy, and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Independent Filmmaking.
- Employ film, television, games, novels, comics, and the web to build rich and immersive transmedia narratives
- Create writing and production bibles for transmedia property
- Monetize your stories across separate media channels
- Work effectively with writers and producers in different areas of production
- Engage audiences with transmedia storytelling
- Up-to-date examples of current transmedia and cross-media properties accompany each chapter and highlight this hot but sure-to-be enduring topic in modern media
- Manage transmedia brands, marketing, and rights
List of Figures
Part 1: Understanding Transmedia Storytelling
1. One Story
2. Worldbuilding and Key Story Elements
3. Storytelling and Narrative Continuity
Part 2: Many Media
4. Motion Pictures and Visual Storytelling
5. Television and Serialized Storytelling
6. Video Games and Interactive Storytelling
7. Other Forms of Storytelling
8. Choosing Properties and Forms
Part 3: Managing the Story
9. Managing the Transmedia Property
10. The Transmedia Intellectual Property Bible
Part 4: End Matters
11. Wrap Up
Appendix A: Motion Picture Platform Bible
Appendix B: Television Platform Bible
Appendix C: Video Game Platform Bible
Appendix D: Platform Bibles for Other Forms of Storytelling
Appendix E: Sample Trademark Licensing Agreement
Appendix F: The Producer's Guild of America "Code of Credits"
Appendix G: Suggested Readings